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Hands-Free Phones No Safer Than Handheld

In the last 25 years, more than a million people died from car crashes. Every day we lose around 100 people here in the U.S. alone.

Car crashes are a global epidemic that goes un-talked about and ignored, yet most car crashes are preventable.

You have heard that texting and driving is dangerous, perhaps you still do it, shame on you, especially if you are a mom. Talking while driving is dangerous too, and so, too, is hands-free driving.

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On social media, I see people running races to raise money to find a cure for breast cancer, I watch people fly to foreign countries to climb mountains and raise money for cancer and I see bloggers get flown to Africa to raise awareness about very poor communities.

Yet, I see very little people helping to fight the battle against distracted driving.

Distracted driving is the No. 1 cause of death to our kids.

Not cancer.

Not pool drownings.

Car crashes. And most are preventable.

According to TruckingInfo, studies show that people talking on a cell phone while driving stop doing the scanning of the environment that identifies potential hazards. They develop tunnel vision.

"You can see this if you walk through an airport," he said. "Everyone's trying to talk and walk at the same time, and they don't do it very well. They're walking a little slow, their head's fixed about 10 feet ahead. Drivers do the same thing."

This happens whether you're using a handheld or a hands-free phone.

A 2004 study conducted on simulators found no difference between handheld and hands-free. "The cell phone distracted drivers had slower reaction times and were more likely to crash than drivers with a .08 blood alcohol content, the legal drunk driving threshold," the Minneapolis StarTribune reported.

Here is a huge way to make a gigantic difference. Just don't use your phone while driving.

Just drive.

It will cost you no money, you won't need to run a race, climb a mountain or wear a ribbon.

Col. Matt Langer, Minnesota chief of the state patrol, warned drivers to avoid not only texting, but any activity that takes their eyes off the road, such as eating or entering information into a GPS.

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Driving 55 miles per hour translates to 90 feet per second, Langer said. "If you look away for one second … you just drove 90 feet without seeing anything."

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Image by Lindsay Kavet (safely parked on the side of the road)

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